Altair Simulation 2022

Altair's new 2022 simulation software release is here! This significant update focuses on next-generation connectivity, architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), and circuit board and electronic design capabilities. The latest release includes new features and capabilities that broaden, strengthen, and further specialize Altair’s comprehensive simulation toolkit.


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Developing Products for a More Connected Future

We live in a connected world, one where large-scale 5G infrastructure deployments are driving the proliferation of mobile communications, Internet of things (IoT) technology, vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (V2X), safe smart autonomous vehicles (ADAS), body-worn devices, and a host of other applications. Soon, 6G and other wireless evolutions will define our connected future. To harness the ever-increasing complexity of connected systems, Altair Feko helps users simulate and maximize their designs.

Get the Most Accurate Results

The latest release of Altair Feko includes support for automation of realistic 5G envelope beam patterns through an API and improved terrain propagation models. When coupled with features such as a new hybrid ray-tracing approach and more accurate consideration of effects – such as rotating doppler effects and localized ray effects for ray-based solvers – more accurate and reliable propagation, radiation and coupling simulation results can be achieved.

Solve Bigger Problems Faster

Using the latest message-passing interfaces, shared memory, and more efficient parallelization with advanced fast near and far-field calculation approaches, users can characterize larger and more complex antennas and arrays in their operating environments faster than ever before – without approximations. Accurate full-wave characterization of antennas and arrays is critical in any reliable wireless system analysis.

Covering A Wider Range of ADAS Applications

In the latest release, users can utilize more application-specific and advanced post-processing tools (such as FM-CW radar simulation analysis targeting ADAS applications) in an automated fashion through an API. In addition, Altair Feko’s ability to consider sensor types such as ultrasound sensors and infrared sensors has been extended, giving users more types of sensors in the connected world they can include in simulations.

“Altair Feko’s unique features such as finite array analysis and synthesis combined with lower memory requirements were key to faster and accurate simulations and helped us complete our design in time to deliver a fully validated phased array antenna product to our customer.”

- Mats Lindstrom, president and CEO, RF2B | Read Story

Design More Sustainable, Sophisticated Structures

All powered by Altair Units, the latest Altair simulation release offers a robust, wide-ranging toolset for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) to meet the global demand for more sustainable, more sophisticated structures: from integrated structural engineering tools to simulation of large assemblies at blazing speed, and from streamlined code assessment to virtual wind tunnel testing.

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Simulation-Driven Design for AEC

Altair’s integrated, adaptive AEC solutions enable engineers to simulate and design buildings and industrial structures that are safe, resilient, and meet today’s sustainability objectives. All solutions are fully compatible with Altair AU licensing access, so users can choose what and when to use solutions as they accelerate their project workflows.

Combining structural analysis and design solutions like Altair S-FRAME and S-CONCRETE with SimSolid rapid analysis, HyperWorks’ advanced meshing, OptiStruct’s optimization, and Altair CFD wind load simulations, Altair offers an unparalleled AEC simulation solution suite.

Integrated Structural Engineering

Altair S-CONCRETE reduces design time and project costs for continuous multi-span reinforced beams design according to the American ACI 318-19, in addition to Canadian, European with UK Annex, and Singapore design code support.

S-FRAME’s linear and advanced analysis also adds steel design support for China’s GB 50017-2017 code in addition to American, Canadian, European, EU, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand steel and concrete design codes.

Build for Sustainability

With Altair S-TIMBER, engineers can address the growing demand for sustainable buildings. Advanced analysis capabilities for mass timber simulate the structural response to seismic loading according to NBCC, ASCE, and IB codes. With enhanced control over panel modeling, engineers can design CLT, Glulam, and Sawn lumber structural elements for code compliance to complete their projects on time and within budget.

“Structures can account for up to 80% of a building’s embodied carbon footprint; our early collaborative design approach helps us develop options that reduce this footprint and even lead to regenerative design to provide a net positive to the environment. In response to climate change and increasing natural disasters, we plan and design projects with climate change resilience in mind.”

- Trevor Whitney, partner, structural engineer, Bush Bohlman & Partners | Read Story

Accelerate Development of Smart Devices

Smart connected devices are everywhere – in homes, in transportation, at work, and more. This means electronic system design (ESD) is influencing almost every type of product, and it means modern simulation tools must help users achieve electronic, electrical, mechanical, thermal, and connectivity goals. With Altair’s tools, collaborate across all aspects of printed circuit board development from concept to manufacturing. Our products streamline your process, eliminate design iterations, and reduce time-to-market.

ECAD and Circuit Board Design

Altair PollEx greatly expands its design verification, signal integrity (SI) and PCB modeling functionalities. Cross probe verification now includes DFx Excel results as well as a direct ECAD link to Pulsonix and Altium Designer, the latter also supported via the free PollEx for Altium tool which has been recently released.

Connecting ECAD to MCAE

In the area of MCAD/MCAE for electronics, Altair SimLab supports typical applications including drop test, multiphysics (thermal and structural) analysis for PCBs, as well as thermal management simulation of the entire electronic system.

Power Electronics

For power electronics and motor drives, the recent addition of PSIM to the Altair portfolio has added simulation and design tools for power electronics, including power supplies, motor drives, control systems, and microgrids.

“We are excited that Altair has joined Altium’s Nexar partner ecosystem, and very pleased that this edition of Altair Pollex is being made available to the Altium Designer user community at no additional cost to our users.”

Ted Pawela, chief ecosystem officer and head of Nexar business unit, Altium | Read Story

Solutions for Every Stage of Product Development

From model-based systems design and early geometry ideation and manufacturability, to detailed multiphysics simulation and optimization, Altair's latest simulation software release includes a multitude of updates and enhancements. Here are some other product highlights:

  • Altair Activate strengthens its status as a leading open and flexible integration platform for comprehensive system-of-systems simulation with an intuitive library management system, which includes new machine learning (ML) and reduced order modeling (romAI) libraries, a new curve editor, and additional enhancements that make the user experience even more efficient and intuitive.
  • Altair AcuSolve - Altair’s general-purpose Navier-Stokes (NS) solver – introduces more physics that cover a variety of new applications, including Eulerian-Eulerian and granular flow multiphase simulation and a new electrical potential solver.
  • Expanding its collaborative programming and scripting platform capabilities, Altair Compose introduces UI Designer, an interactive toolkit that gives users an easy drag-and-drop method to create reusable graphical user interface designs without manual coding. Other significant additions include a comprehensive CAE data reader and a new ML library.
  • Altair EDEM continues to lead granular material simulation by delivering top-level performance with the introduction of a lightning-fast multi-GPU solver for all our particle shapes, a world-first powders material model database, and a host of new integrated physics models that give users even more engineering insight across multiple industries.
  • Supporting the growing trends of electrification and e-mobility, Altair Flux and FluxMotor now offer tighter integration starting from the product installer all the way to seamlessly transferring project data.
  • Altair HyperWorks evolves and expands its workflows for aeroelasticity analysis, boasts massive performance gains in its browsers’ data population, a new filament winding workflow for composites design, and more new capabilities that strengthen its unparalleled ability to mesh, morph, assemble, manage, simulate, optimize, and visualize the world’s most complex products.
  • Altair Inspire keeps democratizing simulation, making it accessible to all designers and engineers, and now offers seamless design exploration workflows – design of experiments (DOE) and shape optimization – that leverage its robust history-based parametric CAD modeling approach to quickly and easily create and optimize geometry.
  • From additive manufacturing to casting, from injection molding to sheet metal forming, Altair's manufacturability solutions keep getting broader, faster, and more accurate. Just to mention a few, a new thermo-mechanical analysis has been added in Inspire Cast, binder-sintering process simulation and inherent strains technology are now available in Inspire Print3D, and a new centrifugal foaming process can now be simulated in Inspire PolyFoam.
  • The latest release of Altair MotionSolve includes massive performance improvements to load time and visualization in MotionView, enhanced coupling with EDEM for bulk material simulation, full support of Applus+IDIADA proving grounds and XenomatiX scanned roads, as well as robust contact modeling and flexible bodies support for Altair Inspire’s motion simulation.
  • Altair nanoFluidX extends its capabilities and now includes direct heat transfer coefficient output for thermal analysis, improvements to impose regions tools to offer greater flexibility, and significantly advanced SimLab workflows (especially for vehicle wading applications).
  • Altair’s flagship product for optimization-enabled structural analysis – Altair OptiStruct – keeps expanding its functionalities in stiffness, strength, stability, explicit dynamic, heat transfer, noise and vibration, and fatigue analysis, and now boasts more advanced topology and shape optimization algorithms.
  • Altair SimSolid keeps pushing the field of structural analysis for rapid design iteration by adding seam weld fatigue analysis and frequency multi-loadcase features, and it now recognizes CAD part instances and further increases its computational performance with an new alternative parallelization scheme for large assemblies.

Please visit the Altair Community for additional details on what's new for each product included in the new software release.


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